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Old 07-21-2011, 08:11 AM
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Im a new dog owner and dont have much experience with dogs but I would strongly suggest that you be careful when standing in front of a dog when they get to rough because they may see you as a threat and try to attack you
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Old 07-21-2011, 08:30 AM
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Im a new dog owner and dont have much experience with dogs but I would strongly suggest that you be careful when standing in front of a dog when they get to rough because they may see you as a threat and try to attack you
A dog playing rough with another dog isn't going to just attack you because you step in between the two. Stepping in between them is a way to impose the idea of your space and presence upon the dogs so that they will momentarily back away from the situation and calm down and it's actually the recommended thing to do.
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Old 07-25-2011, 01:29 AM
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puppy trouble

okay, couple more questions.
Puppy play going okay in general but the husky sometimes pounces on the GSD pups back if she runs past. Is this still play??? and if not any suggestions as to how I can stop it? I still give a time-out (remove the bigger dog) when the play gets too rough. The GSD is starting to bark/snap at the husky if she disagrees with the play but she is still too little to have much of an impact and the husky is still a pup too so I don't think she gets that the GSD is telling her to lay off.

Also the husky can be quite obedient 'sometimes'. She is due to go to obedience school but is there anything that I can do here at home to ensure a little more consistency until then?? The school doesn't have a place until September, but it's a good school that gets results so I really don't want to have to put her somewhere else.

Thanks in advance for any replies,
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I do believe the Husky "pouncing" is a form of play. Different breeds play in different ways. Unfortunately, the pouncing can result in her hurting the GSD puppy unintentionally. That's the problem with having a large, playful puppy in a household with a much smaller, more fragile one.

All I can recommend for consistency is one-on-one training sessions with good treats and positive reinforcement. No 7-month-old Husky puppy is going to listen all of the time. Something to consider is that a tired puppy is a well-behaved puppy, generally. Trying a training session after a long walk or a game of fetch, when she is more likely to listen to you.

You said the Husky puppy is your son's, right? He needs to take a part in her training and discipline if she's his dog
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Hi dmickle1
Thanks again for the replies
I spoke with the vet about this and he seems to think that they will sort it out if left to it. I am not sure about this so I don't leave them alone when playing just so I can keep an eye on it. I am sure that when the GSD grows a little then she will be better able for the play, until then I think it means we all have to be vigilant. The vet doesn't think shadow will hurt her but as you said, Feigh is more fragile and the last thing I want is for her to be hurt, even unintentionally.
The husky is my son's and he is the one who will be taking her to obedience classes. Unfortunately he works full time so it is up to me for the moment to do the training. He walks her in the evening and takes her to the dog park and does a little training in the back yard, 'sit', stay etc. Every little helps I suppose. I just take it on because I am off work for the summer so it's easier for me to do it.
Anyway, thanks again for the help, I am sure I will have loads more questions in the coming months,

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We'll be glad to help you with whatever questions you can come up with! I'm glad to hear your son takes responsibility when he has the time. I always hate it when I hear about kids just dumping their animals on their parents, so I'm glad he's stepping up to the plate, especially with such an energetic breed.

Would love to see photos of Feigh as she grows (love the name, by the way). I've always wanted a pure GSD and always end up with GSD mixes, somehow
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I will definately post pics as she grows.
Celtic Feigh was the pedigree name of my first German Shepherd who unfortunately had to go to her rest just before Christmas. She was a brilliant dog and we thought that this was a fitting tribute to her (soppy I know but there you go). I love all dogs but I have to say that German Shepherds are just the most amazing dogs in every way
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If your son has a bicycle have him run the dog it will help a lot if some of the energy is used up. This was my remedy for my hound.
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